We love to collaborate with other 4c Hair Chicks. This week, we’re excited to introduce to you our gal pal, Rajeeyah. She’s the lovely woman behind the Kinky Beautiful YouTube channel. We connected with Rajeeyah and asked her to break down for the 4cHC Crew the best oils for 4c Hair. Keep reading to find out what Rajeeyah recommends.
Don’t you just love YouTube? Us too! In this video tutorial, Rajeeyah shares the best oils for 4c hair and also gives a demonstration on how to apply the oil to your hair.
Here is a an overview of the four oils covered in the video and their benefits.
- Castor Oil: It’s best to purchase cold pressed castor oil. The reason is because cold pressed means that zero heat is used to extract the oil from the bean. Because heat is not used, it preserves the nutritional integrity of the oil. Note to self: keep an eye out for cold pressed oils. Castor oil can be a great oil option for your hair for a number of reasons. The oil is reach in vitamin E, amino acids, and omega-6 fatty acids which are great nutrients for your hair. Castor oil is a thick viscous oil and so it’s used not only to promote shine, but also it gives a thicker appearance to your hair strands. The oil is a good choice for scalp massaging because it has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. When you use it regularly to massage your scalp, not only are you stimulating growth, but you’re also cleaning your scalp.
- Olive Oil: If you suffer from dryness, (whether it be dry hair strands or dry scalp) olive oil is a good oil choice. Olive oil penetrates the cortex of your hair strands, which means it hydrates beyond just a surface coating. If your strands are thirsty for moisture, olive oil can be used to help hydrate your hair. It’s not as viscous as castor oil, but it is thick so it offers long lasting moisture and shine to your hair. Being that our hair tends to be dry, the thickness of olive oil plays well with the texture of our hair. Olive oil is also loaded in antioxidants which is good news for our hair strands and our scalp health. Antioxidants nourish the skin, leaving you with a healthier scalp.
- Coconut Oil: One of the cool things about coconut oil is that you get the moisturizing properties that come in castor oil and olive oil, but without the heaviness. Coconut oil is lighter than olive oil and castor oil, but it still penetrates to the cortex of your hair strands. The oil helps to remove dead skin cells from your scalp, making it a great oil to use when you prepoo. Another cool feature of coconut oil is shelf life. This oil can last a very long time without going rancid or oxidizing. There are some women with allergies to this particular oil, so if that’s you, the next best bet is olive oil.
- Avocado Oil: Avocado oil has natural humectant properties which make it a great moisturizer for your hair. As kinky curlies, natural humectants are definitely our friend. They are the perfect ingredient to assist with locking in moisture. Like coconut oil, avocado oil is pretty light weight and easily absorbed into the hair and scalp. It boasts a long list of nutrients including vitamins A, B, D, E, protein, amino acids, iron, copper, magnesium, and folic acid. All these nutrients nourish our hair. One unique benefit of avocado oil is its SPF property. It offers great protection for your hair from the harsh rays of the sun. Consider keeping it front and center in your regimen during the summer months.
We’d like to know from you, what oils do you prefer to use in your hair? How do you apply the oil? Leave us a comment below and share with us how you do things. We love hearing back from you and look forward to reading your comments.